I am incredibly thrilled that I found this forum. I have seen so much information! It's making me more excited, but a little more nervous as well. lol
My family is taking a cross-country trip from northern South Carolina to Portland, OR. We are relocating there, and because none of us have ever seen more than our little east coast bubble, we've decided we'd rather drive than fly. Make an adventure out of it. We have 10 days slated clean for the trip, with a day on either side that we could either hit the road a little early to get a head start or run over if we want/need to. Ideally, rather than drive small amounts every day, I was thinking of doing it in 10 hour stretches, with non-travel days at destinations in between? I'm not sure if that would make the trip more enjoyable or not, but with two children (9 and 3), I feel like getting in the car every day - even if only for 5 hours or so - would be exhausting. We do 10 hour trips regularly to FL, so I know we all handle those well.
I guess, mainly, my concern now is winter. March is still a very cold month, and I didn't think anything of it until a friend of mine (from Oregon) told me to make sure I threw some snow chains in the car for when we hit the Rockies. Being from SC, I do not own snow chains, and I have no idea how to even put them on. lol I will get them if I need to, of course, but now I'm very nervous about what kind of road conditions we're going to hit...? Ideally, I'd like to stick to interstates/highways, and then we'll plan small detours off for our off-days to do some site-seeing. Being that this is by far our longest roadtrip ever, I don't want to dive in with backroads and unplanned exploring. I need a plan. lol
Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated! We are just in the baby planning stages now, so my brain is totally free for new advice and information! Thanks everyone! :-)